A Donegal man who delivered an engagement ring on the residence of his ex-partner whereas a security order was in place has been given a suspended jail sentence.
The person, who’s aged in his 30s, can’t be named for authorized causes to guard the id of the lady, appeared earlier than Decide Éiteáin Cunningham at Letterkenny District Court docket.
The person confronted eight separate expenses of breaching a security order, an offence opposite to Part 33 of the Home Violence Act 2018. A responsible plea was tendered within the case of every.
The fees relate to offences on varied dates between December 2022, when the accused emailed the lady, to June 2023. A security order was granted by the Court docket in December 2022.
The girl advised Gardai that she obtained a lot of messages via digital means, together with by electronic mail and Revolut.
On a date in June, the person tried to name her from his telephone, whereas the next day he tried to interact in dialog. The girl reported how this made her really feel ‘uneasy and intimidated’.
On one other event, the lady returned residence to discover a white field containing an engagement ring and a notice left on the again door of her home.
Requested about this by Sergeant Jim Collins in Court docket, the person mentioned: “I owed her a number of pound and I assumed she may promote it to make the few pound.”
Mr Donough Cleary, solicitor for the accused, described the return of the engagement ring and the notice as a ‘mark of pathos’.
The courtroom heard that the person has 15 earlier convictions, primarily for minor highway visitors offences and public order offences.
Mr Cleary, mentioned the pair had been in a prolonged relationship and mentioned his consumer by no means made a menace. Decide Cunningham advised the solicitor it was clear that the lady felt threatened by the contact.
Mr Cleary mentioned the person is ‘actively in search of help’. “The psychological well being service is strained to breaking, however he takes no matter assist there may be when he will get it.”
At a sitting of the courtroom the earlier week, the person was refused bail.
Then, a Garda advised the courtroom that he believed that the accused man felt that each one expenses ‘are an entire joke’ and that his anger in the direction of the lady is ‘growing week on week’.
The girl herself advised the Court docket that she was terrified and feels ‘mentally tortured’.
She mentioned: “I can’t get any peace. I’m locking myself in the home.”
The accused, his solicitor advised the courtroom, now has ‘perception’ into his behaviour. “He’s very cognisant of the results of what occurred,” he mentioned.
Decide Cunningham mentioned the courtroom was of a view that these had been ‘severe’ issues.
“I’m not satisfied that he totally appreciates the importance, however I wish to give him each alternative,” Decide Cunningham mentioned, including that she didn’t need the matter ‘dragging out’.
On one of many expenses, Decide Cunningham convicted the person and sentenced him to 2 months in jail, suspending the sentence for a interval of 12 months.
Decide Cunningham directed that the accused enter into a piece 99 bond and provided that he interact with the probation providers. The person was granted bail on the opposite expenses.
He was ordered to remain out of the village the sufferer resides in, he’s to haven’t any contact in anyway with the sufferer, both straight or not directly and together with by way of social media. The person is to be contactable by Gardai by way of phone always and was instructed to abide by the Home Violence order imposed by the Court docket.
“It’s fairly clear that there’s an order and there must be strict adherence to that order,” Decide Cunningham mentioned.
Decide Cunningham directed the preparation of a probation and welfare report and made a brief adjournment for the aim of ‘monitoring’. The matter was listed once more for the July 3 sitting of Letterkenny District Court docket.
Man delivered engagement ring to ex whereas she had security order in opposition to him was final modified: June twenty third, 2023 by